Date published: Friday 18th January 2019 | 11:56 GMT
St Clare supporter Joe has gone above and beyond for St Clare!
A Grandson from Epping successfully completed a skydive challenge on Saturday 5th January 2019, in memory of his grandmother and in aid of St Clare Hospice.
Joseph Loder, (21 years old, from Epping) took on a skydive challenge at Hinton Skydiving Centre in Hinton to raise vital funding for St Clare Hospice after we cared for his grandmother, Angela Chandler, during October 2017. Angela, a resident of Loughton, sadly died in November 2017 in the care of St Clare.
After collecting sponsorship money from his skydiving challenge, Joe has raised more than £1,200 in vital funding for St Clare – after originally setting his fundraising goal at just £100! Having smashed his target, Joe bravely took the plunge out of an aircraft at 13,000ft for his beloved Nan and St Clare.
Commenting on why he chose to take on this challenge, Joe said:
“I was both very excited and nervous for my skydive challenge as it is not something that I would usually do. However, I wanted to do something that was completely out of my comfort zone so that I could raise as much in vital funding for St Clare as possible! St Clare Hospice relies on the generosity of its local community to be able to provide its specialist, palliative care for all those who need support – people like my Nan, who needed St Clare in her final weeks. That’s why I took on this skydiving challenge; to help ensure that others can access the care that my Nan and our family did. I want Nan to be as proud of me as I am of her – and although it has been such a tough year without her, I have felt like she has been with me every step of the way.”
Commenting on the care at St Clare Hospice, Joe said:
“My precious nan Angela was like no other; a very glamorous and inspirational woman that would never fail to put a smile on my face! She was the most caring person I have ever met and spent her life doing things for others and putting people before herself. I was overwhelmed by the support that St Clare offered Nan and my family during such a hard time. They do a remarkable job and I cannot thank them enough for all of their efforts.”
“They gave my Nan a warm, loving place to spend her final weeks, and we were able to visit her whenever we pleased. I couldn’t fault anything about the Hospice – I was blown away by how compassionate they are towards everyone they care for. It really is a wonderful place, and I am grateful my Nan got to spend her last few weeks there.”
Commenting on the skydive itself, Joe added:
“The skydive was an amazing experience and I felt relieved to have finally been able to do the jump after a few cancellations. I am so proud to have raised over £1,200 for St Clare and am going to get involved with more fundraisers in future to give back even more to St Clare Hospice.”
Sponsor Joe and donate to St Clare
If you would like to congratulate Joe on his skydiving challenge to raise vital funding for St Clare Hospice, you can still sponsor Joe and make a donation to the charity at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joe-loder